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Brethren Christian turns it on

Boys' Basketball

Warriors advance to quarterfinals after taking out Pilibos in Division 5AA second round.

February 22, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach, HB Independent )

Brethren Christian has been a fixture in the quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section boys' basketball playoffs over the past several years. Getting there again, and then beyond, has been a goal all season for the Warriors who are on their way to the Elite Eight.

Third-ranked BC earned its sixth consecutive trip to the quarterfinals by holding off a determined Los Angeles Pilibos team, 52-42, in a Division 5AA second-round game at Ocean View High. The win sends the Warriors (23-4) to a matchup at 7 p.m. on Tuesday against Santa Monica Pacifica Christian (11-13) which on Friday upset No. 6-seed Pasadena Poly, 52-48.

"It feels good to be going back to the quarterfinals," BC Coach Jon Bahnsen said. "This was a tough game but we survived and are moving on. That's what it's all about at this point of the season."

It was a 47-42 game with just under 1:09 remaining when BC senior forward Patrick Poss came up with a key defensive rebound and at the BC end of the court, sophomore forward Cameron Griffin grabbed a huge offensive rebound off a missed free throw, hit a layup that made it 49-42. Griffin grabbed a defensive rebound after the Eagles missed a three-point shot, then drove the length of the court and was fouled on a drive to the basket. He hit one free throw with 38 seconds left to give the Warriors a 50-42 lead.

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A steal by junior guard Brandon Bryson and ensuing, uncontested layin by Bryson with 12 seconds to play, finally allowed BC to put away pesky Pilibos.

"They were pesky, is right," Bahnsen said of the Eagles. "We played them in the playoffs two years ago, and they pretty much are the same type of team. They play hard and play physical."

BC was without two key players Friday with both junior forward Guy Demazeliere and senior forward Jack McInally sidelined with sprained ankles, said Bahnsen who expects Demazeliere to be back for Tuesday's game at Pacifica Christian. With the duo not available, Poss turned in a big performance for the Warriors.

"Patrick Poss had a great game and he deserves to be the player of the game," Bahnsen said. "He worked really hard tonight."

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